HC Deb 14 March 1889 vol 333 cc1637-8
MR. LANE (Cork County, E.)

asked the Solicitor General for Ireland for what purpose a large body of extra police were marched into the town of Youghal on Friday the 8th instant; whether a similar force of extra police was sent there on the 8th March 1888; whether, when a similar force of extra police was marched into the town on the 8th March 1887, a riot took place, in which a civilian was killed by the police; and, whether in future steps would be taken to prevent the exasperation of the people?


The Constabulary authorities report that an extra force of police was drafted into Youghal in 1888, and again in 1889, with a view to preventing a demonstration which there was reason to believe it was contemplated holding to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a civilian during the riot referred to in the third paragraph of the question. The authorities were of opinion that the holding of such a demonstration might lead to serious public disturbance, and possibly loss of life.


Upon what grounds did the authorities anticipate such a demonstration when there had been no placard or advertisement issued in connection with it? As far as I am informed there never was any intention of holding a demonstration.


The authorities acted upon the information before them. It is not customary, in drafting police into a town where a disturbance is apprehended, to notify the fact by advertisements or placards.


Did the authorities act on sworn information? If so, will the hon. Gentleman let me have a copy of it?


The right hon. Member must give notice of that question.